OWS Newsletter – Updates for the Week of May 16

Join us in returning to Wall Street and Liberty Plaza every Wednesday for the ringing of the People’s Gong and a common space for meetings and discussions.
Whether you occupy a labor law workshop, an algebra course, a feminist general assembly, or something else entirely, the People’s Gong is a perfect way to connect with other change-makers in the Occupy movement.

Occupy these Upcoming Events

Every Wednesday, 4pm
The People’s Gong
This Wednesday, and every Wednesday thereafter, we call on all people to join Occupy Wall Street in ringing the People’s Gong. We first meet at the steps of Federal Hall, mic check, and afterwards we return to Liberty Plaza to debrief and to have a Direct Action Working Group meeting. We invite all working groups to re-occupy Liberty Park with us and hold their meetings on Wednesday evenings.

Thursday, May 17th, 6pm
Occupy the NRC hearing on Indian Point
DoubleTree Hotel, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is hosting a public meeting about the safety of Indian Point on May 17, and OWS Environmental Solidarity and a broad coalition need your help to send it a loud message: Don’t Let it Happen Here! Shut Down Indian Point Now! RSVP for a seat on a bus from Manhattan. Buses leave at 3:45pm sharp from Grand Central.

Thursday, May 17th, 6:30pm
Feminist General Assembly
Washington Square Park
The Feminist General Assembly (Fem GA) will be a space for building strong networks and promoting collaboration amongst feminist groups across NYC and nearby areas. The intent is to hold a Fem GA periodically to foster ongoing cooperation.

Sunday, May 20, 8am
#Occupy Wall Street AIDS Walk Team
Central Park, 59th & 5th Avenue entrance
Our message for the day is that we are the 99%, that we raise the issue of HIV/AIDS awareness and more importantly that we care about our brothers and sisters who are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. We invite your participation by pre-registering for the #OWS Team (#9339) at aidswalknewyork2012.kintera.org/ows or calling (212) 807.9255 to request to be placed on the Occupy Wall Street Team (#9339).

Wednesday May 23, 6pm
Winning at Work: Labor Law for the 99%
Communication Workers of America, 6 Harrison Street
“If it’s effective, it’s illegal”. This is common wisdom for anyone trying to organize in workplaces today. The OWS Labor Alliance presents a workshop with Daniel Gross and Sonia Lin about how to challenge the hurdles facing workplace organizing.

Wednesday May 23, 630pm
Community Cluster Meeting
33 West 14th Street
Many of us have been working in clusters. There’s the eco-cluster, outreach cluster, action cluster, and many more. In the lead-up to May Day we used clusters, which helped us organize a massive day of action. Come to the OWS Community Cluster if you are already in one, want to join one, or are curious about where we’re at.

Saturday May 26, 12pm
Summer Disobedience School
Bryant Park, 42nd Street and 6th Avenue
The OWS Direct Action Group is launching Summer Disobedience School. We’ve completed Spring Training – and we’re moving and communicating in the streets like never before. Join us!

Saturday May 26, 1pm
Critical Walking Tours
The Gandhi statue in the southwest corner of Union Square
Engage the city, your body, and others, by putting yourself in motion on a set of 6 summer discussion-walks to engage the political, ecological, and your embodied urban environment – New York City. Each walk will start at different point in the city with a short inspirational text and space from which to launch our journey and discussion.

This week’s featured Occu-Projects

Occupy NYC Project List, Issue 3
The Occupy NYC Project List, formerly the OWS Project List, is a monthly printed free publication informing thousands of NY area people with up to date details on the courageous political projects currently under development by Occupy groups across the NYC metro area. The Occupy NYC  Project List provides direct contact information so that readers can get involved in shaping action to defend our communities. Check out Issue #2 and submit your project for Issue #3!

Learn More

Saturday, May 19, 2pm
Weekly Occupy Wall Street Orientations
The Gandhi statue in the southwest corner of Union Square
Learn more about how to get involved with Occupy. Can’t make it? Email Tascha and the rest of the crew at orientation@nycga.net for more information.

Daily #OccupyUnionSq Info Table, 9am – 9pm
Every day Occupy Union Square has an Info Table open and staffed, acting as a hub to promote the constant flurry of events and meetings occurring in the park and across OWS. We need good outreach people to take shifts at the table! Click here to sign up. And click here to find out how you can help out with other immediate needs of the Union Square occupiers to keep it running and growing!

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